View Single Post
Old 04-09-2019, 12:53 PM   #1
Sanders's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 55,598
Default FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: DIY Build Your Own PVS-14

You have to read almost all the way through it to get an idea of how much it will cost to obtain the parts. It turns out, there isn't a huge cost savings to building it yourself. So, this article is more of an FYI on how the things are made.

If you have the extra $$ to invest in night vision, you should consider it before purchasing yet another rifle. Just my opinion, anyway. The NV I have is just a Gen 1 monocular - not really very good, but fun to play with.

It is widely accepted that night vision is expensive. PVS-14s with gen 3 image intensifier tubes cost on average $2,500-$4,000 depending on the tubes used inside. However, just like building a budget AR-15, you can save some money by building it yourself. Now if you lack the mechanical aptitude to build an AR-15 then this is not for you. Building a PC tower is more complicated than building a night vision device. Some people in the night vision industry will scare you and claim that building your own night vision is not for the light-hearted. “You need proper equipment and testing measures otherwise you will have headaches, eye strain and nausea”. This is the same scare tactics some gunsmiths use to scare you out of building your own AR-15. If you can turn a wrench you can dodge a ball. Wait . . . I meant I can show you how easy it is to build your own PVS-14.

"The truly dangerous man dresses inconspicuously and is soft- spoken. He walks away from most confrontations. The only time you learn that the truly dangerous man is mad at you is a split second before you die, for he never fights. He only kills. The truly dangerous man knows that fighting is what children do and killing is what men do." - Charley Reese 1986
Sanders is online now   Reply With Quote